A Cultural Plan is a requirement for all Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.
It is necessary for our children and young people to have this document as it outlines their connection to their family, community, clan as well as helping them to learn and understand their traditions and customs.
Connection to community and culture is integral for all Aboriginal children and young people – especially those in out-of-home care – as it can have a significant impact their social, emotional and physical health, their educational and psychological development and can help shape their journey into adulthood as a strong, resilient and connected person.
The Aboriginal staff in this program use their cultural expertise to provide secondary, and sometimes primary, consultation to DHHS Child Protection and CSO Care Teams.
It is important to acknowledge the diverse nature of Aboriginal culture in this country and how definitions, terminology, cultural practices and symbols can differ considerably across clans, regions and states.
Communicating with different members of an Aboriginal community requires an awareness and understanding of who you're speaking with and their place is within the community.
Keeping Culture - Tip Sheet
Information entered into a cultural plan needs to come from culturally verified sources. This document contains links to culturally verified sources to help complete a Cultural Plan for a young person. The headings used are some of the red prompts found in the Cultural Plan Template document. [V. Dec20]Download
Koorie Glossary of Terms
A collection of terms used within our community and their meaning. [version April21]Download